The month of October has been busy for Wendy on Wheels! October 7th, my sister and I visited Kellison Elementary in Fenton, Missouri. We presented in an all school assembly for their Ability Awareness Day. What a wonderful group of students! Mandy and I talked about what it was like growing up. Then, we opened it up to questions and answers. There were a lot of good questions for Mandy. They were really imagining Mandy when she was in elementary school. They asked questions like, “What is your favorite color?” And “What is your biggest struggle in life?” It was awesome!!! Now, they can say they’ve met someone who uses a wheelchair.
This morning, we went to the two and three year old room at St. Micheal and St. George School. We read Wendy on Wheels Goes to the Beach. Afterwards, each child was allowed to touch Mandy’s wheelchair. Their teacher, Lisa has been teaching them about differences. They’ve been learning about difference in skin color and hair color. Today, the focus was differences in abilities.
School visits are my passion!!!! I love raising awareness especially with my sister!!!!
St. Louis Variety means a lot to my family. From their website, “Variety The Children’s Charity has been helping children with physical and mental disabilities reach their full potential for 80 years.” Mandy was their poster child for a couple years when she was little. I wish I had a picture of that to post. Over the years, Mandy has gone to camp, been a counselor, volunteered in the office and done a lot for Variety.
Last Wednesday, Mandy and I visited Variety’s Summer Adventure Camp. We loved it!!! The kids were so cute.
It’s so wonderful what Variety does for these children! They all seemed to be having so much fun at camp.
I’m so glad I get to talk about Wendy on Wheels with my sister, Mandy, the inspiration behind the series. I have so much fun raising awareness with her!
This little guy is adorable!!! It was an awesome visit! I think the campers really enjoyed Wendy on Wheels.
Today, my sister, Mandy and I took a little road trip to share Wendy on Wheels with children at the MDA Camp in Fredericktown, MO
At first, I wasn’t sure how the kids felt about my books because they were absolutely silent the whole time we read. At the end, they asked a bunch of questions about how and why I wrote the books. Afterwards, we hung out at a pavilion by the lake. For the last couple days, the kids worked on building boats out of cardboard, duct tape and plastic wrap.
It was time to test the boats on the waters. The counselors got in the boats and floated around the lake. It was quite a sight.
I met a little girl who was a mermaid. She played tag but she could never be it because she was the mermaid princess. “Just look at my tail!” She gestured at her legs.
I’m so glad we had the opportunity to meet such a fun group!!!! We had a blast!!
I’ve been working on a book for 180 Medical. I’m so excited about this one! It’s been fun creating whole new characters and seeing them come to life. Without further ado, allow me to introduce you to Ethan and Emma.
Ethan and Emma are twins, who have just learned to catheterize themselves. For the first time, they get to go on a field trip without their mom and dad. Hopefully, this story will empower children to learn to cath themselves. Elizabeth and I will have the story and images completed in the next couple weeks. I’ll let you know when and how it will be available when the time comes.
Good morning, Atlanta! Today is the first day the Abilities Expo. I’ve been up around 5 thinking of all the things I need to do to get ready for today. Print out signs, work on a powerpoint for my workshop on Saturday, listen to meditation tracks on my ipod, read a motivational book and the list keeps going. At 6 am, I went down to the hot tub with my ipod to listen to my meditation stuff. In the pool area, they were playing some old Frank Sinatra/Dean Martinesque music. YES!! It was like they knew I was coming down. It was exactly what I needed to hear at that moment. YES!!
I felt a rush of excitement go through me. Then I thought, Am I ready to change the world? I think so. “I think so,” really? Hmmmm… I’ve been preparing for this for months and that was the response I got. Oh well. I was feeling really anxious/nervous yesterday, so I will take it.
I practiced reading Wendy on Wheels Takes a Stand to my nephew’s first grade class yesterday in Chattanooga, TN. I haven’t been to many private schools so the group was a little different than I am used to. It seemed like they had never seen or even heard of a child who uses a wheelchair before. There are probably many other classes like this. I really need to get out there more and visit as many schools as possible.
Someone has to teach the world to accept others regardless of abilities. Someone needs to show the world that people who use wheelchairs, crutches, hearing aids or any thing of the sort are just like them. Someone needs motivate children with different abilities to have fun and enjoy life. That someone is me! And that someone would also love a cup from Starbucks or Caribou right now.